2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: Part II

by Dennis Sosic
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Waiver Wire

''Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: Part II .

Get ready for the first week of baseball after an enjoyable All-Star Break by looking at nine players that fantasy managers should pick up this week.

Which catchers should be targeted this week? Who is the next Marlins pitcher for Fantasy managers to monitor? Which veteran hitter is streaking again and should be added?

Find out the answers to these questions and a whole lot more in the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: Part II.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Waiver Wire: Part II

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Hitters

Brandon Belt, 1B, San Francisco Giants

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His current slash line .231/.338/.401 doesn't invoke much confidence, but after dealing with nagging knee injuries throughout the first half of the season, he has been on the shelf for nearly a month. He is displaying signs that he has turned the corner.

Belt is hitting .269/.321/.481 with three home runs and seven RBI across his 18 July games. The lefty first baseman provides sneaky power, evidenced by his 29 dingers last season and a selective eye at the plate.

Fantasy managers hope the All-Star Break provides more time to get healthy.  Belt is capable of boosting your CI spot in deeper category leagues in OPS, HR, and RBI and is worth a speculative pickup.

Jorge Mateo, 2B/SS/OF, Baltimore Orioles

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Jorge Mateo struggled for the season's first three months, but he picked up his production in July. Mateo is hitting .260/.321/.460 with a .781 OPS. However, fantasy managers are not expecting Mateo to light up at the plate. Instead, fantasy managers should look to add Mateo for his ability to steal bases. He is currently second in the MLB with 23 stolen bases. Fantasy managers desperate for steals should add Mateo for their MI lineup spot.

Cal Raleigh, C, Seattle Mariners

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Cal Raleigh is a slugging catcher whose best suited for category leagues only. However, Raleigh possesses power numbers that should entice fantasy managers. He is producing a 91.4 average exit velocity and 114.4 max exit velocity, which is within the top six percent in the MLB.

Raleigh has taken over the catching duties for the Mariners, and his 13 homers lead all American League catchers. However, his .199 batting average is a killer in category formats. He strikes out too much (30.4 K%), but when he connects, he produces a 47.4 percent hard-hit rate. His power numbers might be helpful in two-catcher or AL-only formats.

Pitchers

Braxton Garrett, SP, Miami Marlins

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The Miami Marlins continue to produce starting pitchers; the latest entry is southpaw Braxton Garrett. After struggling in June, Garrett has yet to surrender more than three earned runs in his four July starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 0.64 WHIP with an impressive 25/5 K/BB ratio across four starts. Additionally, he has gone over five innings in each of those starts after only reaching the fifth inning once in his previous five starts.

Garrett possesses a four-pitch arsenal highlighted by his 84 mph slider producing a 40.4 percent whiff rate. The left-hander is worth a speculative add as a deep streamer option, including this week when he takes the mound against the Cincinnati Reds, who are hitting only .245 against lefties this season.

Cole Irvin, SP, Oakland A's

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Cole Irvin is the type of player that drives fantasy managers crazy. The southpaw pitched for the worst team in the AL and led the AL in losses and games started last season. However, his stats make you wonder why he is still available.

Irvin is 5-7 with a 3.08 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, but he doesn't strike out many batters (6.2 K/9). However, he is producing a career-best 1.8 BB/9 and surrendering an above-average .231/.272/.374 slash line.

The left-hander has been pitching well of late with a 3-1 record, 1.67 ERA, and 0.63 WHIP, along with an 18/2 K/BB ratio in his last four starts. The more you dive into his numbers, the more you want to add Irvin as a deep streamer option.

Brady Singer, SP, Kansas City Royals

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Brady Singer is coming off a fantastic start as he allowed only earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out a season-high 12 batters across six innings of work against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Royals right-hander is having an excellent July, pitching to a 2.66 ERA and 1.35 WHIP along with a 32/10 K/BB ratio across 23.2 innings.

Unfortunately, Singer does pitch for the last-place Royals, who limit his value in leagues that still count wins as a category. However, the right-hander is a streamable option in favorable matchups.

Going Deep

Danny Jansen, C, Toronto Blue Jays

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Danny Jansen returned from his second stay on the injured list this season after fracturing a finger on his left hand. He was immediately inserted back into the starting lineup and paid immediate dividends. Since his return, Jansen is hitting .353/.450/.706 with a 1.156 OPS, two homers, and six RBI across six games. In addition, Jansen has a powerful bat from the catcher position, with nine homers in 25 games this season.

Jansen is serving as the backup to All-Star catcher Alejandro Kirk so his at-bats might be limited. However, there are rumblings that Jansen could be moved before the Trade Deadline. Regardless, with his return to health,  Jansen is a fantasy commodity that should be rostered in more leagues in a shallow catcher position.

Carson Kelly, C, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Another catcher on fire, Carson Kelly, is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now and should be added to enjoy the hot streak. Unfortunately, his 2022 totals are not impressive, hitting .213./.261/.369 with a .630 OPS. But in a what have you done for me lately fantasy world, Kelly has produced at the plate.

After hitting below the Mendoza Line for the first three months of the season, Kelly is giving fantasy managers something to consider with his .375/.412/.708 slash with a 1.120 OPS across 15 July games. He has also generated a .389 BABIP, hit four homers, and drove in eight runs.

Fantasy managers looking to upgrade their catcher position should make a speculative add with the Diamondbacks backstop and reap the rewards of his hot streak.

Raimel Tapia, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

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The Toronto Blue Jays are trying to keep in the highly competitive American League and are currently on a five-game winning streak, including going 7-3 across their last ten games. One of the critical catalysts on this run is outfielder Raimel Tapia.

Tapia closed out the first half on fire, hitting .275/.300/.398 with four homers, 25 RBI,  27 runs scored, and five stolen bases. The lefty speedster also produces career-high Statcast numbers with an 88.6 mph exit velocity, .399 xSLG, .303 xwOBA, and a 41.7 percent hard-hit rate.


Tapia hits the bottom of the Blue Jays lineup on a top three offense in the league. His lack of power deters fantasy managers, but he does provide value in deeper five outfielder category leagues.


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